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Sustainable Communities

Providing resource information and tools for rural sustainable communities.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

Resources form the EPA and other agencies to support small towns and rural communities in encouraging the growth of their main streets while protecting the rural landscape.

According to the EPA, “"Smart growth" covers a range of development and conservation strategies that help protect our health and natural environment and make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and more socially diverse.”

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Resources for supporting community development, local food systems, and overall quality of life. Includes bulletins, case studies, manuals, and additional formats.

United States Department of Agriculture.

Helps communities and farmers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources through partnerships by offering need-based technical and financial assistance.

Sustainable Communities Network. Smart Growth Network.

News, webinars, events calendar, and more from Smart Growth Online. Smart Growth Online is "a project of the Maryland Department of Planning and is funded by the U.S. EPA Office of Sustainable Communities". 

DOT. Federal Highway Administration.

Highways in the United States and environmental planning, development and stewardship toolkit.

West Virginia University. National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

The National Environmental Services Center provides resources and expertise on "wastewater,... drinking water, environmental training, infrastructure resilience, and utility management.

National Council for Workforce Education and Bellevue College.

"The Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center aims to advance sustainability and green workforce development practices at community colleges by sharing innovative models and resources and building the capacity of college administrators, faculty, and staff to contribute as leaders."

North Carolina Solar Center. Interstate Renewable Energy Council. U.S. Department of Energy.

"DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency."

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Includes sections on renewable energy and energy efficiency and publications on topics including energy conservation and efficiency, renewable energy options, reducing indirect energy usage and reducing transportation energy.